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Court clerk arrested for shooting shooter

Jack Burton

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Police have arrested a legal clerk for shooting a defendant who opened fire in a courtroom, killing a plaintiff and his lawyer.

Police say 22 year old Thanakorn Theerawaradom, a clerk to the plaintiff’s lawyers, was arrested Wednesday after he used a police officer’s gun to shoot and kill former police general Thanin Chantratip.

This contradicts earlier reports that Thanin was shot by the policeman in the Chanthaburi courtroom.

Thanakorn has been charged with murder, but a spokesman wouldn’t say whether it was self defense or how Thanakorn got the gun from the police officer.

“We have to wait for more details,” police say. “Thanakorn will have to go through the legal process and we will also call in the officer whose gun it was.”

CCTV footage shows Thanin smuggled the pistol into the courtby waiting for a security guard to leave his post for the morning flag raising ceremony, then easily brought the gun into the building.

Thanin’s ex-wife claims he was waiting to surrender himself but was shot down before the police arrived.

Thanin had been fighting civil suit over a 608 hectares land plot in Chanthaburi for more than eight years.

A spokesman for the court of says the shooting happened before court was in session, when Thanin and the plaintiff, Bancha Porameesanaporn were arguing. Thanin drew his gun and shot Bancha, his wife, and their lawyers.

Bancha, a well known lawyer whose clients included a former national police chief and former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra, later died at hospital, along with one of the lawyers. His wife and the other lawyer were severely injured. Thanin also died at the hospital.

A doctor said Wednesday that the wife and lawyer are in stable condition.

SOURCE: khaosodenglish.com

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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